Posts tagged Habits Worth Breaking
5 Ways to Outsmart Overeating this Winter

For chronic dieters and people who struggle with overeating, January can be a challenge. After the busy holiday season, leftover treats and "comfort foods" are everywhere. Many of us felt deprived when we abstained from the holiday buffet and guilty when we did indulge, leaving us more confused than ever about what to do next with our eating. After years -- or even decades -- of engaging in an annual cycle of deprivation, overeating and remorse (along with a few pounds of winter weight gain) mentally preparing ourselves for a new year and a new approach can make us feel like the Thanksgiving turkey: stuffed but unsatisfied.

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It's 3-o'clock. Do you Know Where your Feelings are?

Many people who struggle with overeating and "weight" concerns do not realize that the feelings (acknowledged or unacknowledged) that we experience at 3-o'clock can have an impact hours later... driving even the most motivated of us to the refrigerator for comfort.

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Are you ready to declare your independence from overeating?

Many of us are tired of being full. We are tired of harsh self-criticism, dissatisfaction with our bodies, and skepticism that we will ever be able to overcome our tendency to overeat and the powerlessness that we feel over food. You can learn the skills you need to end overeating and love yourself to better health. And it all starts with a daily practice of awareness and self-kindness.

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Changing the Conversation…

From a quick check of the mainstream medical literature, the “War on Obesity” appears to be in full swing. The alarm is audible everywhere, at our medical conferences, in our offices and hospitals, from government leaders, within our schools, and for many of us, within our own households. We, as health care providers, are trained to believe that fat is the enemy, and that, beyond a certain BMI, we must recommend weight loss (or at least maintenance of a stable weight during periods of growth) in order to promote health. Our training is so focused on outcomes (e.g. weight and BMI) as indicators of health, that we actually feel progressive when we focus on “healthy lifestyle choices,” rather than on simply eradicating fat through weight loss.

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Perfectionism and People Pleasing -- The reasons we procrastinate are often rooted in our strengths

One of my favorite parts of my job is helping my clients to improve their time management, so that they can carve out more time for pleasure and being truly present in their lives. To improve performance in any area, time management included, we need to acknowledge and understand the obstacles. Despite considering myself to be a relatively accomplished person, I have struggled as mightily with time management as I have with food. Time management is now an ongoing area of personal development work for me. I have studied it and have incorporated what I have learned into my own daily practice (and it is a practice, rather than a destination). All of this is to say that, thanks to my own shortcomings in this area, I have a pretty clear understanding of the obstacles involved.

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